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Nursing a per diem schedule?

I'm thinking of going into a nursing program. Just met with a great career school that may be able to place me at a job but I didn't understand when they mentioned being placed somewhere per diem? Anyone know what that means? Pros? Cons?

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:29 PM on Mar. 25, 2011 in Money & Work

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  • That means when needed.. Check your area and see if nursing is in high demand in your area. In many areas it is not and there are thousands waiting for a job. You can also read up on the many that are having a hard time finding something on If nursing is your passion of course go for it but just know what you are getting into.

    Answer by midnightmoma at 5:32 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • Per diem is when you work when as needed. Usually with per diem you get a higher pay rate but you may not get benefits.

    Answer by MrsMWF at 5:36 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • per diem means per day or for each day. My aunt made preat pay working privately for individuals who needed nursing care. She worked per diem and set her own rates. She got her clients by referrals from relatives, friends, & former coworkers. She loved it because she could work around her kids' schedules. Just info to consider......

    Answer by elizabr at 5:39 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

  • The others are would be working as needed. You probably would not know your schedule much in advance, and it probably wouldn't be regular, BUT it would be great experience and a good way to start out right out of school. Also, the per diem nurses are also usually the first to be considered for a full time position with the hospital/facility if they like your work!

    Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 5:41 PM on Mar. 25, 2011

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